Landscape and Identity in Spanish Travel Writing


‘Spain through Its Writers’ is a final-year research-led module for students in Iberian Studies at Bangor University (Wales). It introduces students to the genre of travel writing and explores how the image of Spain given by its own writers has changed over the past 100 years. The resources from this course that are shared below focus on the importance of landscape in this corpus. They are designed to encourage students to reflect on landscape as both natural and cultural, and as playing a key role in political and literary articulations of identity in Spain across the 20th century. This is examined in relation to the pre-Civil War period, with a focus on the use of landscape in the construction of national identity (resource 1); and in relation to the democratic period, with a focus on Julio Llamazares’ El río del olvido (1990), where travel writing is deployed to recover the memory of places and traditions at risk of disappearing due to the transition from a rural to a more urban and modern Spain that started at the end of the Francoist regime (resources 2 and 3). The resources include lecture notes to equip students with an understanding of the historical, political and literary context; and questions to guide seminar discussions.


David Miranda-Barreiro

David Miranda-Barreiro (Bangor University) is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, and co-editor of Galicia 21: Journal of Contemporary Galician Studies. His main research focuses on literary and filmic accounts of Spanish and Galician travel, migration and exile. He is also working on graphic biographies of Galician intellectuals and Galician comics more broadly.

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